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Sustainability: All That Matters Paperback – 26 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Chris Goodall is a highly regarded writer and campaigner on environmental issues. Educated at Cambridge University and Harvard Business School, he is one of the leading global voices on sustainability. He writes regularly for the Guardian, and on his widely followed blog 'Carbon Commentary'.
Chris is an award winning writer. Ten Technologies to Save the Planet was listed in the Financial Times Books of the Year. How to Live a Low-Carbon Life won the Clarion Award for non-fiction and was described by the New Scientist as 'the definitive guide for reducing your carbon footprint.'
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A contrarian streak pervades the book, which advocates economic growth as the way to achieving sustainability. The author believes that Earth's resources are sufficient to provide everyone with a high standard of living provided we recycle materials efficiently and develop alternatives to materials which run short. He justifies this perhaps surprising belief by numerical and scientific arguments, which is one of the things I most like about the book: Chris Goodall is not afraid of using calculations to attempt to answer questions, and even if you disagree with his figures, the methods he uses are a useful way to think about the issues.
As someone who is very pessimistic about the outlook for the world forty or fifty years from now, "Sustainability" provides some comfort.Read more ›
The chapters are laid out beautifully with the main problematic areas and I particularly enjoyed ( or was terrified by! ) the discussion about beef, cotton, water and of course over-fishing, over cultivation of land and unfortunately many, many more.
Even more than this, however, the thing that frightens me even more is the fact that I suspect that the Earth is supporting as many humans as it possibly can. I base this on any newspaper that one may care to pick up. The terrible natural disasters that occur in over populated, over farmed, flood-plain-built areas or areas that have been denuded of natural protection like a forest ! In addition, the scramble for natural resources that I suspect is only just hotting up and I wonder what will become of old Blighty when much more affluent countries have bought up all the oil or perhaps the wheat - and just what are we going to do about it - not a lot I fancy.Read more ›
The book is decidedly negative about humanities current situation, however, rather than goading the population, Chris is optimistic and discusses how we can turn the boat of progress onto a more sustainable path rather than demanding an overarching stop to it. However, although he admits and acknowledges that this is not easy, he does not provide many answers.
This in my opinion is the best part of this book, however was going to be my major gripe with it (until I reached the final section). This book, to me, is a starting point, and a reference point of brining the many strains of human sustainability on earth. It gives you vectors to look into, while still understanding that vectors connection with the over all picture. However, although it is notated with many concise and useful diagrams illustrating points, it does not give vary many references for the reader to conduct further research.
However, the 100 ideas section at the end of the book provides an original form of bibliography with 100 sections of interest and their corresponding research locations.
Overall, a good read with interesting points and a great concise book to refer to for anyone with an interest in this area for a very reasonable cost.
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Everyone should read this - particularly those with the ability to influence long term government policy - we all have responsibility to do somethingPublished 16 months ago by Mr Andrew J Bradley
With the growth of huge nations like China and India and their increasing prosperity we're using up all kinds of resources more quickly than ever. Read morePublished on 15 May 2014 by Blackcatlover
This is an interesting little book and is good for guiding the reader thought the issues concerned.
I found that I dipped in and out of this book, choosing to read about... Read more
This book provides a good review of the state of the various goods we take from the planet as part of our economic activity. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2014 by J. Mann
"..Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world has ever faced. Today's generation has borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Peter Buckley
One of the great strengths of Chris Goodall’s “Sustainability” is that he doesn’t use the excuse of the short format demanded by the “All That Matters” series to avoid controversy. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Ripple
The 'All That Matters' series of books are excellent in putting across the essentials of complex and detailed issues in an accessible and readable manner and this book is no... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by A. I. McCulloch
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